Cinderella Liberty

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  • R
  • 1974
  • 1 hr 57 min
  • 6.7  (2,404)

Cinderella Liberty is a 1973 film that follows the story of a sailor named John Baggs Jr., played by James Caan, who is stationed in Seattle, Washington. Baggs is on what is called Cinderella Liberty, which is a short leave from duty for sailors to spend time on shore. During his leave, he meets a prostitute named Maggie Paul, played by Marsha Mason, and her son, played by Kirk Calloway.

The film begins with Baggs being released from the hospital after an injury on duty. He is given the Cinderella Liberty to recover and spends his nights drinking in local bars. One night, Baggs encounters a group of prostitutes, including Maggie, and he becomes intrigued by her. Maggie, however, rejects his advances, telling him she doesn't want to be with another sailor who will leave her when duty calls.

Despite Maggie's initial hesitation, Baggs persists in attempting to pursue her. Eventually, Maggie agrees to go out with Baggs and the two begin a relationship. As their relationship deepens, Baggs learns more about Maggie's life as a prostitute and the struggles she faces trying to provide for her son.

The pair's relationship is further complicated when a social worker, played by Eli Wallach, gets involved. The social worker is concerned about the well-being of Maggie's son and wants to place him in foster care. Maggie is torn between her love for Baggs and her desire to keep her son with her.

The film explores themes of love, family, and sacrifice, as Baggs and Maggie try to navigate their relationship while dealing with the various obstacles that arise. The film also sheds light on the struggles faced by single mothers and the realities of prostitution.

James Caan's portrayal of John Baggs Jr. is complex, as he navigates being a sailor who is constantly on the move and the difficulties of forming a serious relationship. Marsha Mason's portrayal of Maggie is also nuanced, as she struggles to balance her love for Baggs with her responsibilities as a mother.

The film features strong performances from the entire cast, including Kirk Calloway, who plays Maggie's son, Gary. Calloway's performance, despite being only nine years old at the time, is particularly notable as he is able to convey a sense of innocence and vulnerability while also showing maturity beyond his years.

Overall, Cinderella Liberty is a heartwarming and emotional film that explores the complexities of love and family in the face of adversity. The film has been praised for its raw and honest portrayal of life as a prostitute and the struggles faced by single mothers, as well as for its strong performances and powerful storytelling.

Cinderella Liberty is a 1974 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    6.7  (2,404)